Announcing CE Certification for TRUBLUE XL

TBXL-device-new label - web The TRUBLUE XL Auto Belay has received final certification for European safety standard BS EN 341 for personal protective equipment against falls from a height specific to descender devices.

TRUBLUE XL will now join the standard TRUBLUE Auto Belays as fully CE certified, a mandatory standard certifying that the TRUBLUE has met European Union safety, health and environmental protection requirements. With the final approval of CE certification, we are now able to provide copies of the official certification upon request.

Click here to learn more about the TRUBLUE line of products, the international safety standards they meet and all our other products with CE certification.

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Not Just For Climbing Gyms: 5 Unique Ways to Use an Auto Belay

Mount your QUICKjump and TRUBLUE side-by-side

Mount your QUICKjump and TRUBLUE side-by-side

An auto belay – the device that slowly lowers you to the ground without help from another person – is synonymous with climbing. Not anymore. An auto belay can be used for any instance where you need to get down to the ground in a reliable, comfortable, and controlled way. This could be an intentional descent, like to get down from a zip line platform, or as a safety-device to prevent falls. Broadening the definition of auto belay in this way means the applications are endless.

Here are five unique ways to use an auto belay:

1. Mount it next to a QUICKjump to give people an option for their descent off a platform – great for zip lines, ropes courses, amusement parks or recreation centers. Some people prefer a more relaxed descent compared to the thrill of the QUICKjump, so why don’t you offer another alternative? Using a TRUBLUE Auto Belay next to your QUICKjump lets people choose what kind of descent experience they want.

2. Put one on a treehouse, or a tree that your kids like to climb, or a backyard jungle gym. Treehouse Masters on Animal Planet did a camp-themed treehouse recently and put a TRUBLUE on a small climbing wall for the kids. {Check out the Behind the Scenes clip here.}

3. Forget climbing, use one to learn to repel like the Boy Scouts do. The idea is the scouts are clipped into the TRUBLUE while actually practicing a repel down the wall. If they make a mistake, the TRUBLUE catches and slowly lowers them to the ground.

4. Use it to reduce risk in industries working with heights. Tree climbers, window washers, linemen, construction crews – anyone who goes up high could benefit. TRUBLUEs are modular and easy-to-install, meaning they can move as your project progresses. Anytime you’re up high, with a risk of falling, consider mounting a TRUBLUE as a risk mitigation strategy.

5. Take your dog for a walk. We don’t recommend this, but hey, it worked for this guy.Dog Walk

How are you using an auto belay? Share your creative applications in the comments. 
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Treehouse Masters on Animal Planet Features TRUBLUE on a Treehouse

treehouse-masters-drlEven though we usually see TRUBLUEs on climbing walls or in gyms, the opportunities for this revolutionary device are much more diverse. Like on a treehouse.

Treehouse Masters on Animal Planet recently featured a TRUBLUE Auto Belay on a custom treehouse build. They chose the TRUBLUE not only because it served a need within the treehouse, but because its a unique and awesome product worthy of their high-end designs.  The summer camp-themed treehouse constructed by Pete Nelson and crew is equipped with a dinner bell, bunk room and Native American-inspired art. The key feature – in our humble opinion – is the rock wall outfitted with a TRUBLUE Auto Belay. Simple operation makes the TRUBLUE perfect for any age treehouse visitor and parents have peace-of-mind knowing their family is using the best auto belay.

Not just for kids, treehouses are gaining in popularity, but these aren’t the types of treehouses you might be imagining. Multi-level and multi-purpose, these can cost as much as a small house (or a big house, depending on your design). But there is still room for a TRUBLUE in your more modest backyard treehouse. Maybe it’s just a platform in the trees accessed by handholds and a TRUBLUE to get down. The sky is the limit with your treehouse, but don’t forget to plan for a TRUBLUE!

Do you want to see the Treehouse Masters rock wall and TRUBLUE in action? Check out the behind the build video below to see this treehouse and how they have uniquely incorporated a TRUBLUE.

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3 Climbers Who Are Changing the World

Source: Elevation Outdoors | Brady Robinson on K7 in Pakistan by Jimmy Chin

Source: Elevation Outdoors | Brady Robinson on K7 in Pakistan by Jimmy Chin

Here at Head Rush, we are always looking for ‘good news’ types of stories to share – stories that showcase the sport of climbing. Instead of the usual best places to climb or gear you must have, today we want to pass along an article from Elevations Outdoors about three climbers who have dedicated their time and lives to not only grow the sport, but change the world in the process. Here’s a bit about the three climbers featured in that article:

Phil Powers is passionate about climber safety and is working on instituting a standardized climber safety practices covering belaying, visual and verbal cues and how to increase safety at every level of climbing. Even though the safety curriculum is still being developed, Powers is making some real headway on turning this into a reality.

Brady Robinson, executive director at The Access Fund, is passionate about land use and policies about where climbers can climb, including both public and private property. Not only is Robinson working to ensure legal places to climb, he’s passionate about conservation education, making sure climbers are being respectful stewards of the rocks and surrounding lands.

Ken Yager works tirelessly to keep Yosemite National Park clean, from trash left behind by visitors to picking up behind construction sites. Since catching up on old trash, Yager and his volunteers simply work to keep things tidy and have expanding their efforts into removing invasive species, trail removal and educating the public how to minimize their footprint on these lands.

To learn more about these wonderful representatives of the sport of climbing, check out the full Elevations Outdoors article.

And to everyone out there helping make your communities a better place, we appreciate all that you do. Keep up the great work and let us know about your efforts in the comments.

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3 Reasons You Want a TRUBLUE on Your Modular Climbing Wall

A modular climbing wall is a climbing structure that is both fun to climb and easy to maintain, making them ideal for playgrounds, schools, resorts, entertainment centers, camps and fitness facilities. Join our sister company, Eldorado Climbing Walls, for a webinar they recently held for those considering a modular climbing wall for their facility:

Here are the top three reasons why incorporating a TRUBLUE Auto Belay system into your modular climbing facility will help you increase revenue while reducing costs and risk:

TRUBLUE AUTOBELAY MEETS ALL SAFETY STANDARDS

The most important reason to have an auto belay on your modular wall is to reduce human error. With a TRUBLUE, there’s no need for a human belayer. Our TRUBLUE auto belays are designed for climbers and engineered for effectiveness. Click here to see the International Safety Standards TRUBLUE meets.

AUTO BELAYS SAVE YOU MONEY

An important reason to install auto belays on your modular wall is because it will maximize your ROI and functionality. On a modular wall the climber to staff ratio with an auto belay is much higher than with a manual belay, where you’ll need to staff each lane. With an auto belay, you only need enough staff to effectively supervise your wall – usually less than half of what you would need with human belayers on all lanes. Since you are able to reduce the number of people monitoring the climbing wall, you will cut down drastically on staffing costs. Check out this video to see how TRUBLUEs can improve your guest experience and operating costs, and download the Mid Air Adventures Case Study.

 

TRAINING ON A TRUBLUE IS EASY AND FUN FOR ANY LEVEL CLIMBER

Having a TRUBLUE Auto Belay is great for any level of climber who wants to get in a good workout or just have a good time climbing. Training on the TRUBLUE is perfect because you don’t have to coordinate with a belay partner. You can climb on your own schedule! Here’s a great video from ABC Kids Climbing in Boulder, CO on how they use the TRUBLUE to train champions:

 

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Head Rush Sponsors Triangle Rock Club Expansion Grand Opening

We’d like to congratulate Triangle Rock Club – Morrisville on the debut of their epic expansion project. TRC-Morrisville’s Expansion’s grand opening event happened on Saturday, July 12th and Head Rush was proud to be one of the event sponsors! TRC added an additional 17,000 sq.ft of climbing terrain as well as increasing to an impressive 37 lanes that range from 40 to 54 feet. TRC has always been an innovative leader in the climbing community and now, with the opening of the expansion at TRC-Morrisville, they’ve really set the bar high with the following amenities to their climbing gym built by Eldorado Climbing Walls:

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• A comprehensive training area with a systems wall, campus board and finger boards
• 5,700 square feet of 31 top-rope and lead lanes climbing up to 36 feet
• Over 9,000 square feet of roped climbing
• A 54 feet lead-only area that overhangs 20 feet
• A dedicated cardio studio + a brand new strength and conditioning area
• A group exercise studio for yoga and additional classes
• New bathrooms with showers and a special foot washing/foot drying station
• Hand Washing Station
• Ample Group Events space (including access to a projector and screen!)
• An outdoor deck overlooking our property – complete with a “MacDaddy Grill” and event space

 

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You’re very welcome TRC! Congrats on the grand opening. The expansion looks fantastic!

Triangle Rock Club has climbing lanes dedicated to TRUBLUE Auto Belays in both their Morrisville and North Raleigh locations. Congratulations TRC! It’s always a pleasure to work with you and we look forward to a continued partnership in the future.

 

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Climb with Confidence using the TRUBLUE Auto Belay

The latest user experience video from Head Rush Technologies shows how a pair of friends gain the confidence they need to conquer the climbing wall at their favorite climbing gym. Climb like a ninja in no time with TRUBLUE!

The TRUBLUE Auto Belay allows climbers of all levels to climb confidently. Whether it’s your first time on a climbing wall or you’re a seasoned climber using the TRUBLUE to reach your fitness and training goals, the TRUBLUE Auto Belay is the only auto belay specifically designed for the climbing industry. Auto belays are perfect for climbing gymscolleges and universitiescampsamusement and family entertainment centersrec centers, and more! Find a TRUBLUE near YOU! Follow us on Twitter | Like us on Facebook
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TRUBLUE Auto Belay at Climbing Wall Summit 2014

Another year, another awesome Climbing Wall Summit. After a whirlwind of events last week, we’re ready to share some of the highlights from the CWA 8th Annual Climbing Wall Summit held in Boulder, Colorado. Head Rush Technologies got to showcase the TRUBLUE Auto Belay in the impressive exhibition hall of CU-Boulder’s University Memorial Center.

TRUBLUE auto belay booth at Climbing Wall Summit

TRUBLUE auto belay booth at Climbing Wall Summit

Each year, the Climbing Wall Association (CWA) hosts an international conference, The Summit, right in our very own backyard in Boulder, Colorado. This past weekend more than four hundred industry professionals gathered in Boulder to attend the sixteen pre-conference workshops, more than thirty educational sessions and a sold-out exhibit hall featuring a variety of vendors. According to CWA, “The Climbing Wall Summit is the industry’s only professional development conference and provides industry members with the education, certification, networking, and inspiration to move the industry forward.  Attendees from across the globe include universities, rec centers, climbing gyms, military installations, vendors, and more.”

On Friday, May 16th, we were happy to take part in the luncheon for all CWS attendees that was sponsored by our sister company, Eldorado Climbing Walls at the CU-Boulder Rock Wall. We displayed our TRUBLUE Auto Belays on the climbing wall for the 300 people who joined us for lunch so they could get a closer look and an opportunity to ask questions. We had our belay gates up as well, which were a big topic of interest at The Summit. The Belay Gate not only encourages clipping in when a climber begins their ascent, but when laid flat on the ground after being unclipped, it also warns others that there is a climber above. Another highlight of the luncheon was celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Eldorado Climbing Walls with an awesome climbing wall themed cake complete with a TRUBLUE Auto Belay.

Climbers checking out the Boulder Rock Wall, TRUBLUE, and Belay Gate

Climbers checking out the Boulder Rock Wall, TRUBLUE, and Belay Gate

On Saturday we presented  How the TRUBLUE Auto Belay is the Latest Evolution in Climbing by Micah Salazar, Senior Sales Manager of Head Rush Technologies. It was a great session geared towards anyone that currently owns a climbing facility or is in the process of opening one and would like to add value to their gym.  Two popular topics of discussion were learning the value of our re-certification process as well as our no risk demo program (contact us to learn more).

Thanks to the Climbing Wall Association for organizing another successful Climbing Wall Summit. We can’t wait for next year!

Contact us to learn more about how the TRUBLUE Auto Belay can benefit your climbing facility by helping you increase revenue while reducing costs and risk. You can also find us on FacebookTwitter, and LinkedIn.

TRUBLUE Auto Belay on the 20th Anniversary cake for Eldorado Climbing Walls

TRUBLUE Auto Belay on the 20th Anniversary cake for Eldorado Climbing Walls

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Collegiate Climbing Comp Series underway

The First Annual TRUBLUE Collegiate Climbing Comp Series  is underway!  With three comps completed and five more to go, universities across the nation are getting the chance to see what it’s like to climb on a TRUBLUE auto belay system. So far the results have been outstanding! Brooke, one of the top competitors from Colorado Mountain College said, “It’s nice that I don’t have to wait on somebody else’s schedule if I want to come practice. I really like that. It’s just really convenient.” The three schools that have already competed are the University of South Dakota, Colorado Mountain College in Leadville, and University of West Florida in Pensacola. The Head Rush Tech team had a chance to travel to Leadville last week to support the school in their home state.

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Colorado Mountain College student climber

We will continue to update the Collegiate Climbing Hall of Fame with the top male and top female climbers from each school.  The next school to compete is the University of Minnesota Twin Cities.

Please click here to see the full list of participating schools. We’re encouraging students to take photos and videos throughout their journey and share them with us using the hashtag #eduTRUBLUE. Thanks to all of our generous sponsors: Eldorado Climbing Walls, Access Fund, evolv, Spark Shop, Sender Films, and Trango!

Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to see the updates and photos from the universities as they complete their comps!

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Head Rush Tech Launches New Zip Line Brake

zipSTOP IR Internal Reduction Zip Line BrakeHead Rush Technologies announces the launch of the zipSTOP IR Zip Line Brake.  The zipSTOP IR is a more streamlined version of the company’s popular zip line brake, the zipSTOP. The “IR” stands for internal reduction, meaning that the device does not require an external reduction line system. This device can accommodate speeds up to 37 mph (60 kph) without the need for a reduction line system, making installation easier.  The price of the zipSTOP IR is $4,900 and orders can be placed at store.headrushtech.com.  The company will begin shipping the devices in May 2014.

“We are excited to provide this new option for zip line builders and operators,” said Candie Fisher, CEO of Head Rush Technologies.  “Our zipSTOP Zip Line Brake has been very well received as the leading commercial zip line brake in the industry.  We are happy to provide a more streamlined option to simplify installation and operation.”

Like the zipSTOP, the zipSTOP IR uses eddy current magnetic braking to offer zip line operators consistent and smooth braking with automatic reset.  The zipSTOP greatly reduces the risk of human error for zip line operators and provides an improved customer experience.

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